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Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Assocation

 4500 Carbon Canyon Road
 Brea, CA 92823
[P] (714) 524-7763
[F] --
[email protected]
Eric Johnson
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0542316 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association’s (CHSPIA) mission is to enhance public awareness of the importance of maintaining and restoring the unique natural habitat within Chino Hills State Park (CHSP), through interpretive and educational activities.

Mission Statement

Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association’s (CHSPIA) mission is to enhance public awareness of the importance of maintaining and restoring the unique natural habitat within Chino Hills State Park (CHSP), through interpretive and educational activities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $15,379.00
Projected Revenue $13,739.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Visitor Experience
  • Environmental Education for School Children

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Mission Statement

Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association’s (CHSPIA) mission is to enhance public awareness of the importance of maintaining and restoring the unique natural habitat within Chino Hills State Park (CHSP), through interpretive and educational activities.

Background Statement

CHSPIA is a volunteer based non-profit organization that assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and restoring Chino Hills State Park. Through interpretive programs and volunteer support designed to enhance visitor experiences, CHSPIA also fosters appreciation and the enlightened use of the State Park.All funds raised go directly to CHSPIA to support interpretive activities, events, and other programs, including education on the importance of this natural area.

Impact Statement

In the last year, CHSPIA is proud of the following accomplishments: - Provided on-site watershed and environmental education for over 600 third and fourth graders. - Organized an Earth Day event for over 130 volunteers in which a retaining wall was built, amphitheater benches were sanded and sealed, and non-native vegetation was removed from the campground. - Provided the following events for the public: - Nature of Wildworks wildlife education - Meet the Night Sky astronomy event - Native Plant Trail Restoration and Planting - Purchased and installed 20 trail signs In the next year, we have the following goals: - Continue and expand the school education program. - Install 20 remaining trail signs from prior purchase. - Purchase and install 40 additional trail signs. - Purchase and install visitor counter system at Park entrances to count actual numbers of park visitors. - Continue to provide interpretive events and maintenance opportunities for the public.

Needs Statement

CHSPIA has the following needs:
  - Funding of the schoolchild on-site education program.  Size of program is dependent on funding levels.
  - Recruitment of volunteers in the Park, including needs for trail maintenance and Discovery Center docents. 

CEO Statement

By being a part of the Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association, we have the ability to take part in something that will outlast us. Chino Hills State Park is located in an ecologically crucial location for the genetic health of many species native to southern California. It also has over 90 miles of multi-use trails. Our task is to insure that the balance between visitors and the wildlife who live there is maintained. We do this through interpretation, education, and providing information. We want to leave this jewel to future generations of people and wildlife.

Board Chair Statement

By being part of a nine member board, I get to see a variety of perspectives and experiences. It is a delight to be able to identify an issue that we want to tackle and have multiple board members propose solutions based on actual previous experiences. As some one who lives near the Park and visits the Park often, it has been a large part of my life. To be able to be part of its continued viability and try to make it better is what motivates me and why I wanted to be on the Board to begin with. It is very satisfying to be able to share that passion with the rest of the Board and work together as a group.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are many ways to donate to Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association and to help Chino Hills State Park. We accept donations by check that can be mailed to the organization address. There are also many volunteer opportunities, from trail maintenance to Discovery Center docent to leading interpretive events, depending on your interest and knowledge.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Within Orange County, the Park is abutted by the cities of Brea and Yorba Linda. But is within a short distance of the Park are the cities of La Habra, Placentia, Fullerton, and Anaheim. In addition, as a park of 14,000 acres, the Park receives visitors from throughout the County.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  3. Environment - Land Resources Conservation



Visitor Experience

To be able to provide an enjoyable visitor experience to the Park, we are looking at the following efforts: - Visitor Counter system to be able to identify the volume of visitors and where they are entering the Park - Trail Signs - purchase and install trail identification and direction signs on the over 90 miles of trails.
Budget  $8,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  The short term success of this program will be measured by the lack of people getting lost in the park due to poor trail signage. It will also allow us to document the actual usage of the Park, so that funding decisions can be made based on this documented information.
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of this program will be measured by the lack of volunteer trails and trailheads. In addition, funding decisions at the State level will be made that properly funds the park based on its documented volume of usage.
Program Success Monitored By  The Visitor Counter System will be monitored on a monthly basis to get documented data. The numbers will tell us if certain trailheads are being used and to what level. That data can then be used to re-allocate resources within the Park.
Examples of Program Success  There are currently many volunteer trails within the Park. If this program is successful the volunteer trails will go away. This will be because trail signs will make it clear where the official trails are located. The Visitor Counter information will also allow for the re-allocation of Park resources to areas that have greater volume and possibly greater needs.

Environmental Education for School Children

CHSPIA and Inside the Outdoors has provided watershed education to over 1,000 school children over the last 2 years, and in some cases this was their only field trip of the year due to cost considerations. The children learn through hands-on activities that water quality is important to their lives and the natural world around them.They also learn how their actions affect that watershed.This program includes content that meets state science curriculum standards and leads to improved stewardship of the watershed. The cost of providing this program is approximately $25 per child.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  The short term success of this program will be measured by the number of Park visits from the children on another day with their families.
Program Long-Term Success  It has been our experience that having positive outdoor experiences as a child leads to an appreciation and understanding of nature as an adult. Our goal is to create these positive first experiences in a Park that, given its proximity to urban areas, children and their families can then later enjoy outside of the classroom.Currently, very few children of North Orange County experience or understand the richness of the protected hills and canyons that are part of the community they live in.
Program Success Monitored By  We will be starting a program of offering free parking passes to children who take part in this program that would good for free parking at the Park on a future visit. This would be to encourage to come back to the park with their families.
Examples of Program Success  We feel that this program is doing well in the short term if 25% of the free parking passes are used.


CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 9
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Larry Klementowski
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term Mar 2018 - Mar 2020
Board Co-Chair Mr. Larry Klementowski
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Vice President
Board Co-Chair Term Mar 2016 - Mar 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Catie Casalme Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Neil Connolly President Voting
Ms. Yen Darcy Board Member Voting
Mr. Tom Greene Board Member Voting
Mr. Eric Johnson Treasurer Voting
Mr. Larry Klementowski Vice President Voting
Mr. Ron Nadeau Baord Member Voting
Ms. Claire Schlotterbeck Board Member Voting
Ms. Mary Ann Wotring Board Member Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

It is always a challenge to make the Board more representative of the community. We are always looking for more representative members on the Board, and will continue to do so.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $13,739.00
Projected Expenses $15,379.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990-N

2016 Form 990-N

2015 CHSPIA 990n Email Verification

2014 CHSPIA 990n Email Verification

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $13,739 $16,711 $20,471
Total Expenses $15,379 $23,352 $19,161

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$12,200 $15,000 $19,250
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $302 $801 $338
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $288 $225 --
Special Events $110 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $839 $685 $883

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $12,438 $21,415 $16,856
Administration Expense $2,941 $1,937 $2,306
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.89 0.72 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 92% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $6,253 -- $14,891
Current Assets $6,253 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- $11,821
Total Net Assets $6,253 -- $3,070

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf nan 0.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% nan% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

CHSPIA Flyer Final (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.